22 Stunning Black and White Photographs That Capture Everyday Life in London During the 1940s and 1950s

Bert Hardy, born in London, worked his way up from a lab assistant to become a photographer. His talent flourished as a staff photographer on Picture Post, joining the illustrated magazine during the Second World War. As well as traveling with the armed forces, his images of the Blitz are amongst the finest and closest to the action taken.Below is a selection of 22 stunning pictures from Hardy’s private collection. “Stored for decades at his home, these rare black and white photos were kept as keepsakes from his legendary career and are now on display for the very first time.”

 Piccadilly, 1953


Pool of London 1949


Piccadilly, 1953


Sugar Ray Robinson, 1951


Life of an East End Parson, 1940


Is There a Colour Bar, Cable St, London, 1949


Firefighters, London, 1941


Teacher and pupils, 1956


Ken Joy breaks the London to Brighton cycling record, 1949


Life of an East End, London, Parson, Nov 23rd, 1940


Royal Wedding, King George VI with the bride, Princess Elizabeth, 1947


Cockney Life at Elephant and Castle, London, January 9th 1949


The Pool of London, 1949


London, 1949


Teenagers at the dance, 1957


Elephant & Castle, 1949, My Goodness Guinness


A woman waves her handkerchief goodbye at the station in ‘Wartime Terminus, Paddington Station’, 1942


Men and women sit on the steps of a fountain at Picadilly Circus, London, 1953


Is there a British Colour Bar? 1949


The Truth about Teenagers, The ones who live only for Tonight, 1957


Grand Hotel. The Imperial, Torquay, 1947


 Wartime Terminus, Paddington Station, 1942

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